Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Mon 9/27/21 11:28 PM

Elliott rushed 17 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 41-21 win over the Eagles. He also caught all three of his targets for 21 yards.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott enjoyed his best game of the young season, starting Monday's contest by converting a one-yard plunge into the end zone on the Cowboys' first drive. He then had a touchdown catch reversed and marked inches short of the goal line a couple series afterward, but Elliott would get that second score back by powering in on a three-yard rush in the second quarter. With Dallas' offensive line dominating up front, Elliott was consistently able to move the sticks, building on last week's improvement from his quiet season opener. With momentum on his side, Elliott will now turn his attention toward a Week 4 matchup against the Panthers' top-ranked defense.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sun 9/19/21 9:32 PM

Elliott carried the ball 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Chargers.
EDGE Analysis
After being held in check by the Bucs in Week 1, Elliott found a lot more running room in Los Angeles and punched home his first score of the year from the five-yard line late in the first quarter. Even so, he was overshadowed in his own backfield by Tony Pollard, who turned 16 touches into 140 scrimmage yards and a TD of his own. Elliott is still the clear No. 1 running back for the Cowboys, but Pollard could continue to cut into his workload in Week 3's home tilt against the Eagles.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Fri 9/10/21 12:37 AM

Elliott rushed 11 times for 33 yards and brought in both targets for six yards in the Cowboys' 31-29 loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
EDGE Analysis
The modest rushing volume and production both carry a fairly sizable asterisk, considering the caliber of defensive front the Cowboys were facing and the fact game flow ended up tilting heavily toward the air attack despite the score being relatively close, at minimum, throughout. Elliott did look like a more motivated and explosive version of himself than the seemingly disinterested back he appeared to be at times down the stretch in 2020, and both Cowboys fans and fantasy managers will hope for a much more robust role in a Week 2 road matchup against the Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sun 8/29/21 1:16 PM

Elliott is among the Cowboys' key skill players not slated to play in Sunday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The same applies to QB Dak Prescott, WRs Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper, as well as TEs Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin. Elliott's next game action thus will occur in the team's season opener Sept. 9 against Tampa Bay. With no known current injury concerns, Elliott once again is poised to head Dallas' ground game in 2021, with the offense as a whole bolstered by the looming return of Prescott.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Fri 8/27/21 10:46 AM

The Cowboys restructured Elliott's contract Friday to convert $8.6 million of his salary for 2021 into a signing bonus, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
EDGE Analysis
The move provides Dallas with increased salary cap flexibility for 2021 and 2022, but it doesn't notably impact Elliott's status for those seasons, as he was already effectively guaranteed to remain part of the roster. However, per Gehlken, Dallas does now have slightly increased financial incentives to keep Elliott around beyond the 2022 season, as cutting him in future years will now result in heightened dead cap penalties. In any case, Elliott will head into the 2021 campaign ready to play out the third season of his six-year, $90 million contract as the Cowboys' workhorse running back.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Fri 8/20/21 12:08 PM

Elliott will not suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Texans, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
EDGE Analysis
Elliott is fully healthy and reportedly in fantastic shape, but the Cowboys haven't called upon him to handle preseason action since 2017, so it won't be any surprise if he sits out the team's final two exhibition contests. Dak Prescott (shoulder) will also sit out Saturday, but all of Amari Cooper (ankle), Tyron Smith (elbow), Zack Martin and La'el Collins are expected to take the field, albeit while handling limited reps.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Thu 8/19/21 10:09 AM

Elliott has been 100 percent healthy in camp and appears to be in excellent shape, but he's not likely to suit up during either of the Cowboys' final two exhibition games, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "I feel really good," he said Wednesday. "I feel healthy. I feel like I'm in good shape. I like where my speed and my quickness is. I like how comfortable I am in the offense. So I think I'm ready to go."
EDGE Analysis
Coach Mike McCarthy said early in training camp that the team was going to keep a close eye on Elliott's workload, and the last time the running back saw preseason action was in 2017, so him not seeing any exhibition snaps wouldn't be a big surprise. The 26-year-old is looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in which he recorded career lows in rushing yards and yards per carry.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Fri 8/6/21 11:40 AM

Elliott was among the Cowboys' key players who didn't take the field in Thursday's Hall of Fame game against the Steelers, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.
EDGE Analysis
The team was predictably cautious with established starters like Elliott on Thursday, which paved the way for Rico Dowdle to lead the way with eight carries for 43 yards in Dallas' 16-3 loss. Also in the mix were Brenden Knox (four carries), JaQuan Hardy (three carries) and Tony Pollard (two carries). The Cowboys have three more exhibition games in which to get Elliott some preseason touches, but we suspect that if/when that does occur, the running back's workload won't be extensive.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Fri 7/30/21 10:53 AM

Elliott's workload and touch volume will be monitored closely to begin the season, DallasCowboys.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Speaking to reporters Thursday, coach Mike McCarthy said the coaching staff had to "be cognizant of the long road" when it came to the team's bell cow running back. "We've got Tony Pollard, and Rico [Dowdle] has looked good," McCarthy said. "We've got some younger guys who can play and produce, so it's not necessary for Zeke to run the ball 25-30 times a game. When you get to December, January football, you want him to be in top form to be able to run the ball 25-30 times if needed." Elliott averaged 20.9 carries and 24.3 touches a game through his first four years in the NFL while Jason Garrett was in charge, but only 16.3 carries and 19.7 touches a game in 2020, McCarthy's first season at the helm for Dallas. Based on these comments, it doesn't sound like Elliott will be getting that lost volume back any time soon, but a healthier offensive line and more efficient offense around him should still allow him to rebound from last year's disappointing production.

Ezekiel Elliott
RB DAL (9)
Sat 7/3/21 10:30 AM9 Comments

Elliott has worked hard this offseason to improve his footwork and get in better shape, and as a result he's looked quicker and more explosive in OTAs and minicamp, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "Zeke looks great," Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said this week. "He's in the best shape of his life. Looking fast."
EDGE Analysis
The running back posted career lows of 979 rushing yards and 4.0 yards per carry in 2020, but much of that regression was due to a rash of injuries along the Cowboys' offensive line as well as a sluggish overall attack in the wake of Prescott's season-ending ankle injury. If the unit as a whole returns to form it can only improve Elliott's production, but if he's committed to regaining some of the juice he's lost over the years, the 25-year-old might be able to post huge numbers again without the benefit of a 300-carry workload.